John Blakeborough

Why this site? Quite simply to showcase some of my skills! This site is responsive and has been handcoded using only HTML & CSS. I have used both Photoshop and Illustrator for the images which are in jpeg and png formats. Whilst the content is better viewed on monitors than hand held devices, the visitor can get a feel for the site on smaller screens.

I am positive that it shows that I have more than one hat to wear when it comes to IT, my curriculum and other pages should expand and confirm this statement.


Possessing a home lab composed of 10+ physical machines (servers & workstations) and multiple VMs (Hyper-V & VMWare), and which until recently was a Windows only lab (XP, 7, 8.1, 10 & 2012r2) I concluded that it was time to transfer some of the server roles to a Linux environment, whilst retaining the Active Directory domain.

Learning Linux is similar to learning another language and it was therefore a bonus at the onset to have a GUI which acted like a translator (visual familiarity), but as I became more comfortable with the OS it was rapidly apparent that the command line is markedly more efficient.

I believe starting with CentOS (RHEL without the cost) was the right decision as the installation of roles and features felt very similar to Windows Server 2012. Debian however is pure Linux and it was the familiarity gained with CentOS that allowed me to leap the divide without too many problems, fundamentally the logic is the same whatever the flavour of Linux.

Having installed Hyper-V & VMWare on Windows then mastered the installation of Linux and not wanting to run on the spot, I felt I had no alternative but to open the Citrix XenServer box. Follow my progress on my Citrix pages.

With my foray into XenServer I needed to use an NFS Server, the installation procedure for NFS Server in CentOS 7 can be found here.


During the past few years I have worked as a Freelance Photo Restorer for an historian, Dr. Jo Stanley, FRHistS.  Jo is a creative historian who has published numerous books which have featured photos that I have retouched, including her latest book "From Cabin 'Boys' to Captains" published by The History Press and available from Amazon.  Her next book to be published in 2017 is "Women and the Royal Navy by IB Tauris/National Museum of the Royal Navy and will contain a number of photos that have been retouched.

You can see a selections of these images (they are 72ppi only) and the state of the originals here. My expertise and passion for images and their reproduction stretches back to my early letterpress print days with zinc photo plates (zincos) and these skills have continued to flourish and develop, via my time at the BBC when I was associated with the Hulton Picture Library (now gettyimages)and throughout the digital evolution.

What else?

Quoi d'autre ?  Je suis bilingue !  I am bilingual (français/English) having lived and worked in France for 20 years (1990-2010). It was during this time that whilst starting an IT business (part time, eventually full time) that I gained an excellent knowledge of the hospitality sector working in hotels and restaurants in Lyon and its surrounding areas. In the beginning it was an excellent way to improve my knowledge of French in diverse front-facing situations.

I could continue but I will leave this site and my CV to do the talking.